Qatar University ( QU ) and the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons (NCPW), an arm of Qatar Ministry of Defense, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday which will facilitate collaboration on issues relating to international conventions on the prohibition of weapons of mass destruction between QU staff and students on one hand, and experts from the Committee on the other.
The agreement, which was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and NCPW Chairman Major General Staff Pilot Nasser Bin Mohammed Al-Ali, will establish a joint team to study the extent of the application of the laws and regulations pertaining to chemical, biological and nuclear safety and security in Qatar and prepare reports in this regard.
The event was attended by officials of the NCPW including Prof. Karimeldin Abdelaziz Eladham, radiation expert; Prof. Salwan Kamal Jamil Al-Ani, radiation expert; and Mr. Ahmed Ismail Afifi, legal expert. Also in attendance were top officials of Qatar University .
QU and the Committee will liaise to organize annual debates for students on the conventions, to advance their knowledge on the issue of weapons of mass destruction and the ability to articulate their positions in this regard.
The Committee may also facilitate the students' periodic inclusion in the NCPW delegations in representing Qatar at the annual conferences in which signatory countries to the chemical and biological weapons conventions participate.
QU students will also benefit from summer internships with the Committee to participate in training and awareness workshops to be oriented on the key issues. QU students will also be encouraged to work on graduation theses focusing on the national, regional and international role in the conventions, and in supporting international peace and safety.
The QU community will also be apprised of awareness campaigns through the placement of informative posters and advertisements at locations around the campus.
In her remarks, Prof Al-Misnad described the MOU as an important milestone that will contribute greatly to enhancing the institution's position as a leading partner in contributing to the development of the country and in meeting national objectives and development strategies. "It is incumbent on QU to expose its students to issues of international impact and to provide them with the opportunities to better understand the national and regional perspectives that attend the strategies and approaches of the various countries of the Gulf and Middle East", she said.
Speaking on the occasion, Major General Al-Ali said: "The National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons (NCPW) is the national entity entrusted with the implementation of the conventions on the prohibition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The NCPW believes in the importance of collaboration and integration with universities to cover international conventions, with their academic and applied aspects, eventually leading to a world free of these lethal weapons".
Major General Al-Ali pointed to the four awareness workshops the Committee held for university students on the dangers of such weapons, in collaboration with Qatar University and the University of Georgetown, being partners in the national action and reflecting the transparency of the State of Qatar's policy in regard to disarmament conventions.
Article Source : Zawya